Truly unique and memorable. A place to write home about. Sunken living room too!
- english, Some Hawaiian. Expect to learn some new words
About Jaqi Steele
I am a unique and rare individual and can tell you stories of running away with the circus, playing Las Vegas and headlining comedy clubs as a juggler last century. I am producer of the show LUMA: Art in Darkness which you can find by a google search. It is a human light show that has played internationally. I am the author of the Contemplative Navel, which you can see the cartoons of at mindofmarlin (dot) the the whole profile of me. I am a toy inventor Slingerzz which is based on how vines rap around things. I got the idea watching nature and you can see vids of those at MindofMarlin I am a humorous guy and a creative artist in many ways. My place is a reflection of my artistic and creative bent. I have been cited by POTUS for my volunteer work with boys and mentoring and work as a life and transformational coach as my life has been a study of communications, humanities, psychology, mythology, and various modalities of facilitation. I have traveled to over 40 countries and have stayed at lots and lots of hotels and the like. I created a place that really embraces the person so they feel at home.
Jaqi Steele purchased this Cottage in 1991
Why Jaqi Steele chose Puna Palisades
It took sixteen years to put the three lots together as the fit geologically, You will understand when you come. I could have gone for the view of the lava and the ocean but I wanted the lush and green grotto with the three giant trees as my companions and I am so glad I went that way. I came to the area in the 80's and founded a juggling community and lived in a tree house with no electricity for five years. But the time came to move on and I found this place which is closer to the beach and stunning. That is the best word to describe the property as it really does take your breath away when you drop down into the Magic Grotto or what Hawaiian's call a "Puka" which literally means hole. KiPuka street has a collapsed lava tube that runs the length of the street and this is at the top of the division with the most dramatic lava wall that you look out over from the window seat. The trees and terrain is what drew me here.
What makes this Cottage unique
The view from the main room out into the Grotto is a marvel to behold. The outdoor shower next to a massive trunk of a mango tree is priceless and looking up at the big tree laying on the giant roots that snake over the ground will have you feeling like a little kid again. You have stayed and may have forgotten the many hotels you have stayed in. This place is unforgettable. Only 1.5 away from the world re-known Kalani Honua resort where full spa is available and meals that are buffet style, but great food breakfast lunch and dinner. Please visit their website to learn more.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please smoke out doors if you must. Thank you.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Quite and relaxing
What a great place
We live on the Big Island, but on the other side, and about once a year have a "staycation" in or near Pahoa. This has been one of our best experiences yet. This was island living as it should be; quiet, self sustaining, and filled with aloha. The grounds are full of tropical fruits and local plant life, and you are welcome to explore. The cottage has a very open but safe appeal to it snuggled under majestic trees. While there is not an ocean view, when it is still at night you can hear the surf, (The surf was high during our stay so no guarantees, just our experience). Kat and her daughter are amazing hosts who live just up the hill, and they are full of aloha to share. Loved meeting them and hope to see them again soon.
Gabe, Jana, George, and Geneva
Aloha Gabe and fam. It was so nice to meet you all! Thank you for taking good care of Meow Meow and the cottage. You are such a sweet family. We look forward to hanging out on the other side with you!
Kat was very welcoming and a great host. Her place is a perfect place to stay. The house is very comfortable with a huge window and view of the rain forest surroundings. Her yard and property is nicely landscaped with interesting plants and fruit trees. The location is great, a short walk to a beautiful and laid back beach, a short drive along a scenic road to snorkel spots, warm pools and flowing lava. I would definitely come back!
Three weeks at Puna Palisades
To begin, I must state that Kat is a wonderful host and was a delight to meet. However, the cottage was advertised as having a "composting toilet." The composting toilet was actually a 5 gallon bucket. While the contents may technically be composted, this was technically NOT a composting toilet.
Upon arrival, we were informed that the resident cat needed to be fed twice a day. This detail was omitted in the description of the property. I graciously fed the cat, but as I was on vacation I would have preferred not having this assignment. I don't own a pet because I don't want to care for a pet.
Finally, the bed pillows in the cottage reeked and should have been changed out years ago. In fact, the stench was so bad that I bought 2 new ones. So, to the next occupants, "you're welcome!"
Aloha John! Thank you for being wonderful guests.
Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate the opportunity to make each visit better for future guests.
I'm sorry the toilet was more rustic than you expected. I will be more clear on the listing so that people have an accurate idea of what to expect. That being said, it is a functional system that tends to be unoffending to the nose because of the sawdust that is used in the process. And you have to admit, it's an epic view to enjoy while doing your business ;)
I apologize for not checking in with you about feeding Meow Meow. I usually give guests the option to feed her or have me feed her, and when I reviewed our communications, I realized that I did not offer that option to you. No one else has ever actually taken me up on the offer to have me feed her, I think generally people prefer their privacy to having me come over to do it. But thank you for taking on the chore while you were here. She definitely appreciated it!
And darn it I'm so sorry I missed the musty pillows. It's the most common frequently replaced item because in this humid climate, they do tend to get icky rather quickly. I wish that you had asked me about it, I would have grabbed some new ones for you no problem! That's part of my job here, keeping everyone taken care of! So hopefully future guests who read this know that I'm here to help make their stay as fantastic as possible.
Thank you for staying with us. A hui hou!
Loved it. Exactly what I had imagined. Close to everything we wanted to see.
The house is in such a perfect setting. The sounds are incredible. It's like nature putting you to sleep every night. The interior fits it all. Meow Meow is awesome. There is something to be said about simple living. No stress and a great place to meditate. Thank You Kat. You are wonderful and perfect to deal with. Hope you have a wonderful day. I will be back. Aloha
Great location, relaxing stay
We had a wonderful time visiting the big island and staying in this cozy, relaxing home. It is tucked away nicely in the woods in a quiet area that is close to the beach, but not too far from the city life and attractions that the big island offers. Would highly recommend staying here if you plan to visit the big island, especially if you are flying into Hilo. Was a great weekend getaway.
Thanks for staying with us Joe! You are welcome back any time!
This part of Hawaii is what the place looked like 50 years ago. Pristine and unspoiled by development. Miles of coastal road that is one of the best drives in the state. Walk it, run it, bike it, drive it....nobody isn't taken by the beauty and magic of this coastal drive that used to be called the Red Road. The lava is flowing into the ocean now making it a unique opportunity the world over. Get up close to the lava and you will never forget it. It is the newest land of the planet! A Wednesday Night weekly gathering at Uncle Robert's that is a no-cover, live music outdoor venue that dozens of food vendors show up. Grab your "Grinds" and enjoy them at long picnic tables while watching drop in hula artists and musicians. Great tide pools for snorkeling and a pretty descent surf spot too. There are warm ponds to swim in and the quaint an funky town of Pahoa that sports a wide variety of restaurants given its size. Awa/Kombucha Bar, a live music alcohol bar, Thai food, Pan-Asian Fusion, NY Pizza, Sushi, Chinese, Fish and Chips, Hawaiin BBQ and the Tin Shack Bakery (!!) and Serious Coffee along with a natural food store, conventional supermarket. Kalani Honua is practically next door that has spa facilities, massage, watsu and free classes to boot. They also have a snack bar and serve breakfast lunch and dinner. My place is for people looking for an alternative vacation and you are right next to nature in all its glory and magnificence. Hilo is 45 minutes away where you can take in a local Hawaii idea of a big 'town' that is full of local charm and color. There is a wide variety of things to take in on the 'un-tourist' side of the island that is lush, green and laid back. Watch the sun rise out of the ocean and breath some of the cleanest air anyplace and smell the sweet scent of flowers floating on the air. A place to really slooooow down, kick back and soak up the vibe.